Landmark Ruling Paves the Way
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has announced its intention to resume abortion services starting on December 28. This comes as a result of a recent ruling by Dane County Circuit Judge Diane Schlipper, who reaffirmed that consensual abortions are permitted under state law.
Clarifying Wisconsin’s Abortion Laws
Judge Schlipper’s ruling clarified that Wisconsin’s 1849 law specifically outlaws the killing of the unborn, but it does not prohibit voluntary medical procedures. This distinction has provided the legal basis for Planned Parenthood to resume offering abortion services.
A Long-Awaited Return
Planned Parenthood providers in Wisconsin had ceased offering abortions in June 2022, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, clinics in Milwaukee and Madison resumed offering abortions in September after Judge Schlipper’s initial ruling.
The recent final ruling by Judge Schlipper has further emboldened Planned Parenthood leaders, who are now confident they can restart abortion services at the Sheboygan clinic.
Legal Battles on the Horizon
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joel Urmanski has acknowledged his obligation to comply with Judge Schlipper’s ruling, but he has vowed to appeal. The case is expected to reach the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which recently shifted to liberal control.
Planned Parenthood remains determined to protect and expand reproductive freedom in Wisconsin. “While we are grateful to be resuming medication abortion care at the Sheboygan Health Center, there is more to be done,” said Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin President Tanya Atkinson. The organization is committed to ensuring that everyone in the state can access comprehensive reproductive health care with compassion and without judgment.